Tell the Truth, Pangolin (Hardcover)
November/December 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“I love picture books that feature an unusual animal as a main character! This story provides plenty of opportunities to tell Pangolin to do the right thing, and I loved the way it captured the physical effects of not telling the truth.”
— Kate Storhoff, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
In this delightful, thoroughly entertaining picture book about the importance--and difficulty--of telling the truth, the queen's trusty servant, a pangolin, breaks the royal swing and doesn't know what to tell her!
Pangolin is enjoying himself on the royal swing in the bright summer sunshine when suddenly, the ropes break and--OW!--he falls to the ground. What will I tell the queen?! Pangolin worries. He races to the stables to ask his friend Badger. "Tell her the musicians needed the swing's rope for their lutes!" the stablemaster advises. Fox, the castle guard, has a different idea: "Might you say that the King needed to repair his royal jump rope?" Pug, Cat, and Goose all have suggestions, too. But which story will Pangolin tell the queen?! Here is a charming picture book, full of delightful animal friends, about finding the courage to be honest with those around you--and with yourself.
About the Author
Melinda Beatty is the author of the Heartseeker series, which School Library Journal called a "must-have for any middle grade collection." Her passion for books spills over into her second career as an indie bookseller. After living in boats, basements, and attics, she and her husband now reside in western Maryland with their two kids. This is her first picture book.
Paola Escobar grew up traveling from town to town in Bogota, Colombia. She is the illustrator of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, an Indie Pick called "a must-have for all libraries" in a School Library Journal starred review. She also illustrated Digging for Words, which received two starred reviews. She lives with her husband and her dog, Flora.
"A noble look at the courage needed for honesty." —Kirkus Reviews